What could have been for Carrington Street

11/03/2008 8:25 PM by

Proposed: looking west along Carrington Street from 23rd Street…

In early 1994, Better Housing Coalition, VCU Dept. of Planning and Community Development, Richmond Community Development Corporation, and New Visions Civic League drew up Church Hill: A Vision for the Future (90MB PDF), a plan for the Carrington Street corridor that drastically re-imagined an area that is to this day vacant and disconnected. With goals including both the revitalization of neglected areas of Church Hill and to forge new connections between neighboring areas and downtown, the plan redrew Carrington Street as a thriving residential center for the areas surrounding it to the north and east.

The plan also makes suggestions for 25th Street. Mosby Court, and Jefferson Avenue. Specific notice is given to the convenience store on Jefferson Avenue which “attract loiters and criminal activity and are perceived to be undermining the stability of the community”. The document also references plans to build “approximately 45 quality townhomes on the vacant block bounded by Jefferson, 24th, and 23rd Streets” (which later became Jefferson Mews_.

Proposed: looking east along Carrington Street from Mosby Street…

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